The gubernatorial campaign of Andrew Gillum announced Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will come to Florida next month to campaign with Gillum. The details of her visit weren’t released other than she’ll campaign with the Democratic nominee for governor on Oct. 23 in South Florida.
“I’m honored to have Secretary Clinton join me in Florida next month,” said Mayor Gillum. “Hillary knows just what’s at stake in this election — affordable healthcare, a brighter future for our children — and that the choice in this election could not be clearer.”
Clinton will be the second Democratic candidate from the 2016 presidential campaign to visit Florida on behalf of Gillum. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders attended campaign rallies for Gillum in Orlando and Tampa during the primary campaign.
Gillum was given time during te 2016 Democratic National Convention to speak in support of Clinton’s nomination.
Two polls released this week show Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for governor. A poll conducted by the University of North Florida on Monday had Gillum with a 4-point lead. But, a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday had Gillum up by 9-points, 54 percent to 45 percent, his biggest lead to date.
The DeSantis campaign announced Wednesday evening the addition of Susie Wiles as campaign chairman. Wiles is known as an experienced campaign manager, having served as Florida’s Senior Strategist for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. In 2010, she served as Governor Rick Scott’s campaign manager for his successful bid for Governor.
“I’m excited to have Susie join our team as Campaign Chairman. She has the knowledge, expertise and acumen to carry our message to voters all across Florida. With her winning record, Susie is the ideal person to lead our campaign efforts and help us secure a big victory come November,” said DeSantis.